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Taking the first steps to address homelessness in Augusta

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Augusta Commissioners and members of the Task Force on Homelessness spent just over two hours on March 24 going over the action plan created by the task force.

A year in the making, the action plan is designed to guide Augusta on how to help homeless individuals, either short term or permanently...

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  1. A lot of homeless have mental health issues and need to be medicated. Problem is they won’t take their meds. While some are just down on their luck mostly their situations are self inflicted. My DIL had a homeless man that slept outside her store. One morning she decided to give him some food and a Gatorade. He pulled a knife on her and tried to attack her. I don’t know the answer but throwing money at it isn’t it. First thing that would have to be addressed is why. There is in one size fits all solution.

  2. I feel sorry for homeless and happy the matter is being addressed. I think all homeless gather near eating places like the Salvation Army place on Greene St…..BUT gathering places should not be near prominent tourist places like the parking lot in front of Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Homeless gather under the bridge there and hang on the Ryder Randall statue daily. The Sal Army building needs be relocated so citizens and visitors can enjoy that historic area…there are soooo many vacant buildings in Augusta surely some owner will donate a blighted building in a more suitable location.

  3. Build the homeless shelter on Sandbar Ferry Rd on sufficient land so the occupants can grow their own food and have some skin in the game and a sense of accomplishment. Tie using the shelter into learning a skill or trade that can help them become independent and self-sufficient. Send a nurse from the Health Department there to ensure occupants take their medications. Mr. Wylds is correct about simply throwing money at the issue.

    • Golden Harvest has a plot for a garden behind the Master’s Table, but it doesn’t seem that the homeless are much interested in helping with it.
      And I agree with Doug: the homeless have been allowed to take up residence under the bridge and in the Sacred Heart parking lot. I would imagine that’s quite a turn-off and deterrent to attendance at events there. Who wants a reception at that facility with guests having to get past panhandlers to come through the door?

  4. A big tip of the hat to Commissioners Dennis Williams and Jordan Johnson who have worked tirelessly on this problem. It is Commissioners like Dennis and Jordan who back up what they say with hard work on issues most people avoid.

  5. Are there other communities that have successfully addressed this problem? I suspect so and that’s where this study of homelessness should start. Secondly, DO NOT create another government department. That’s always the answer by politicians and the department and related expense will just grow and grow. We need to reduce the size of government; not expand it. Put this responsibility under an existing department. Third, engage an organization(s) that knows a great deal about the homeless already, like the Salvation Army, and get their ideas about how to address this problem and, ultimately, let them manage it, with some financial help from government.

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